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West Hollywood Specialty

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Stir Market
7475 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
The first thing you’ll notice about Stir Market is the free parking lot in the front, which is a rarity for anything in this part of town. Inside, the light, airy space is divided into two sections—a market with counters for grab-and-go service, and a sit-down area for seated service. The menu is vegetable-heavy, with a focus on light salads and flavorful proteins; the roast chicken, in particular, is excellent, as is anything that involves their green goddess dressing. Order online for super-fast pickup (they also deliver).
Belcampo Meat Co.
8053 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood
Anya Fernald is a bit of a badass: Not only is she the co-founder and CEO of Belcampo Meat Co., which has quickly become the go-to purveyor of humanely-raised, sustainable meats, and poultry in California, she’s also a mom, cookbook author, and a master of open flame grilling. Go to her shops for whole-animal butchering (and the interesting, rare cuts of meat associated with it), seriously good hamburgers, and the best bone broth. There are other locations in Santa Monica and Downtown.
Juice Served Here (Closed)
8366 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood
In addition to being incredibly convenient for satiating juice cravings (there are locations sprouting up all over the city) this the perfect juice gateway drug for cleanse newbies: Beyond their most popular drink, Green Milk, which is like having dessert for dinner, the Charcoal Lemonade is delicious, despite the suspiciousness of drinking montmorillonite clay and activated charcoal (in contrast, the jalapeño-laced beet juice is tough to swallow). You can also add in extras to ease the process: We opted for the raw soup (a carrot-based gazpacho) and the coconut superfood bar (nice when you miss the sensation of chewing). Bonus points for the DO ME (FIRST, 02, 03, 04, 05, LAST) directions on the caps and the recent addition of lifestyle-y giftables at most outposts. There are additional locations in Studio City, Pasadena, Venice, Downtown, Silver Lake, Hollywood, and Santa Monica.
Duff’s Cakemix
8302 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
A kid doesn’t have to be a budding baker to get a kick out of decorating their own elaborate cake or cupcake, which is exactly what they get to do at Duff Goldman’s (he of Ace of Cakes fame) DIY studio. Party packages can be customized to accommodate any number of people across all ages—they provide the pre-baked goodies, multi-colored buttercreams, fondants, and all of the accoutrements—all you have to do is show up. (The drop-in option is a godsend on rainy weekday afternoons.) Not feeling creative? Cake-in-a-jar, cookies, and full-size cakes are baked fresh daily and available for in-store pickups.
Blue Bottle Coffee
8301 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
Blue Bottle is a top-notch coffee roaster and café with a sustainable ethos, in multiple locations throughout LA, the Bay Area, NYC, (and Tokyo). This Beverly Grove outpost is one of the more spacious ones, with outdoor and indoor spots to sit and sip, including a communal table. It also offers a few snacks, sandwiches, pastry items. We're there for the coffee, though. Our picks: The siphon filter and the New Orleans iced coffee.
food + lab
7253 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
At the beginning, this mother and son duo were just making meals for a few friends. Then it turned into a full-fledged catering company. Now, there's also a café and marketplace, which serves delicious breakfast and lunch fare, with a focus on fresh, organic ingredients. The salads are delicious and varied while the sandwiches range from an artisan grilled cheese to the Austrian-inspired chicken wiener schnitzel. The lunch boxes and DIY picnic baskets are pretty brilliant.
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